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prior investigations. i was looking through those, the first six months, sometimes it was a month that an investigation was open, that was obviously a small amount for that six months, but looking at the first start-up periods in which they were spending money, it seemed like the first six months, second six months depending when they started, one figure, there would be a spike -- [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] >> sarah: in one of manhattan's busiest commuter hubs. police department officer jack collins apprehended the terrorist along with several other officers. these brave first responders and the others who rushed to the scene are heroes. on behalf of the president and a grateful nation we would like to thank them and commend them for their bravery.
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this attack underscores the need for congress to work with the president on immigration reforms that enhance our national security and public safety. we must protect our borders we must ensure the individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to our people and we must move to a merit-based system of immigration. additionally, this attack comes as our coalition continues to make great gains against isis. still, there is more work to be done on the ground in the shrinking isis-controlled areas and the president's plan to annihilate isis is moving forward. we must also destroy the evil ideology that is behind isis and attackses like today. this ideologist has no borders but -- ideology has no borders but it must be eradicated. we will not stop until it is accomplished. with that, i'll take your questions. reporter: thank you. wanted to ask you about the women who came forward today against the president, saying,
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first on a television show, then they were at a press conference and they said that he should resign and then also that there should be a congressional investigation. and i know that you said that this has already been litigated in the last election. but i wanted to get your specific reaction to this idea that there should be a congressional investigation into this. sarah: the president has addressed these accusations directly. and denied all of these allegations. and this took place long before he was elected to be president and the people of this country had a decisive election, supported president trump, and we feel like these allegations have been answered through that process. reporter: want to follow up on that. breaking news. we just learned about. -- [inaudible] -- will apparently allow transgender people to enlist in the military. your reaction to that and then any follow-up action you're going to take? sarah: as of right now they're simply complying with a court order and preparing to implement
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a previous policy. to remain in compliance. the department of justice is currently reviewing the legal options to ensure that the president's directive can be implemented. and for anything further, any specifics on both of those matters, i'd refer you to the department of defense and the department of justice. reporter: one follow-up. sarah: sorry, i'm going keep moving today. reporter: just very quickly. nikki haley's comments saying -- [inaudible] sarah: she's going to pick it up for you. reporter: nikki haley said, i want to ask did the election mean a settled issue, she said, i know he was elected but women should always feel comfortable coming forward. we should all be willing to listen to them, specifically referring to the accusers of the president. does the president agree with her? sarah: as the president said himself, he thinks it's a good thing that women are coming forward, but he also feels strongly that a mere allegation shouldn't determine the course, and in this case the president has denied any of these
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allegations, as have eyewitnesses and several reports have shown those eyewitnesses also back up the president's claim in this process. again, the american people knew this and voted for the president and we feel like we're ready to move forward on that process. reporter: you think it's a good thing the women who accused him are coming forward snow sarah: the president said it's a good thing for women to feel comfortable in coming forward generally speaking. reporter: i want to go off of that. the president told howard stern in 2005 that he had walked into a teen beauty pageant dressing room where they had no clothes on because he could get away with things like that. is that not an admission of sexual harassment? sarah: the president spoke about this directly. i don't have anything further to add. we're going to do one question and move around. reporter: the attack in new york city, or isis-inspired attack in new york city, and just recently, is the president concerned that there is a
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growing threat against people inspired by isis to have been radical itesed online? sarah: i think the president is certainly concerned that congress, particularly democrats, have failed to take action in some places where we feel kyo have prevented this. specifically the president's policy has called for an end to chain migration and if that had been in place, that would have prevented this individual from coming to the united states. so the president is aggressively going to continue to push forth responsible immigration reform and ending chain migration would be a part of that process. reporter: the president reacted quite angrily over the weekend to a "the washington post" reporter's tweet about -- [inaudible] -- that was quickly deleted. i'm wonderering if you can explain the discrepancy between the president's reaction to incidents like this that he calls fake news and talks quite a bit about, and his silence on actual disinformation campaigns like russia ran during the 2016 elections to deliberately spread
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false information. both his silence on that and does he recognize the difference between these two? sarah: difference -- look, the president simply calling out a very direct and false accusation lodged against him. there was nothing more than an individual trying to put their bias into their reporting. and something that frankly has gotten a little bit out of control. we've seen it time and time again over the last couple of weeks. a number of outlets have had to retract and change and rewrite and make editors' notes to a number of different stories. some of them with major impacts, including moving markets. this is a big problem and we think it's something that should be taken seriously. reporter: any difference between reporter's mistakes and disease information campaign by a foreign government? -- disinformation campaign by a foreign government? sarah: i haven't spoken to him about that but we would take any misinformation like that seriously. it's not something we're comparing the two on. reporter: i would say that the journalists make honest mistakes
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and that doesn't make them fake news. sarah: when journalists make honest mistakes, they should own up to them. in reporter: we do. sarah: sometimes. a lot of times you don't. there's a very big -- i'm so sorry. i'm not finished. there's a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposely misleading the american people. something that happens regularly. you can't say -- i'm not done. you cannot say -- reporter: something that was completely fake. sarah: you cannot say the an honest mistake when you're purposely putting out information that you know to be false. or when you're taking information that hasn't been validated, that hasn't been offered with any credibility and that has been continually denied by a number of people, including people with direct knowledge of an incident. reporter: [inaudible] sarah: i'm speaking about the number of reports that have taken place over the last couple of weeks. i'm stating there should be a certain level of responsibility in that process. i called on jim. reporter: this is not the line of questioning i was going down.
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but can you cite a specific story that you say is intentionally false that was intentionally put out there to mislead the american people? sarah: sure. the abc report by brian roth. i think that was pretty misleading to the american people. and i think that it's very telling that that individual had to be suspended because of that reporting. i think that shows that the network took it seriously and recognized that it was a problem. reporter: if i could ask a question about something else? sarah: you used it on something else. not today. we're going to keep moving, guys. reporter: if i can ask about the other jim's accusations -- sarah: i'm moving to a different jim, sory. reporter: i didn't get the chance to ask the question i wanted to ask, which, is -- sarah: i'm going to state once and for all that i'm moving on to jim and i'm not taking another agree you at this point. reporter: a question about -- [inaudible] reporter: -- i would like to ask the question i had about these accusations of this conduct against the president. you said he's denied them. can you say whether or not they
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are false? sarah: i'm not going to respond to that question. reporter: some investors are saying the tax reform package favors mutual funds over individual investors. other critics who want tax reform say the bill will cause some tax increases for a few middle class tax filers, by a few i means maybe tens of thousands. but maybe more. would the president sign the tax bill even if there are inadvertent tax increases and some of the criticisms are correct? sarah: our focus and our priorities are making sure that we provide middle class tax relief and simplifying the code, bringing businesses back here to the u.s.. we're going to continue pushing for that and continue to work with congress to make sure we get the best tax plan possible. reporter: tomorrow there's a special senate election in alabama. back on september 23, the president went down to huntsville, alabama, campaigned alongside of luther strange and since that time he never went down in the course of the campaign. the campaign alongside the
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republican nominee, roy moore. was the president embarrassed in terms of campaigning alongside roy moore? is that why we didn't see him down there in alabama? sarah: the president has spoken directly about this race and who he supports and whow doesn't. due to the legality of that nimente going to go any further and would refer you back to his past statements. reporter: what is the discorrect as it relates to this white house when it comes to then candidate trump bringing the accusers of bill clinton to the debate against hillary clinton and now the accusers of roy moore making these accusations, and his accusers, what's the discorrect there? sarah: as the president said, he found the allegations troubling. if they were true, he should step aside and ultimately the people of alabama will make a decision in that race. reporter: about a what about his owe own -- what about his own accusers? sarah: the president has firsthand knowledge on what he did and didn't do. he can speak directly to those and he has and he's addressed them.
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i don't have anything further to add. reporter: this is sping and it's focused on him now. sarah: he's addressed it directly to the american people. roimp more people are now speaking out. sarah: i'm going to keep moving. reporter: this is a huge issue. sarah: i know. and there are a lot of big issues today. i'm trying to cover as many of them as possible by calling on a number of your colleagues. i've called on trey. reporter: address this, please. sarah: he has. i've already addressed this. the president has addressed it. i don't have anything else to add. reporter: today the suspected terrorist in new york city was described as a bangladeshi immigrant. bangladesh is not on president's travel ban list. does today's attack change the way president trump is evaluating travel restrictions? sarah: we do know and the department of homeland security has confirmed that the suspect was admitted to the united states after presenting a passport displaying an f-43 family immigrant visa in 2011.
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and so we know that the president's policy calls for an end to chain migration. which is what this individual came to the united states through. and if his policy had been in place, then that attacker would not have been allowed to come in the country. that's why the president has pushed for not one part of immigration policy, but a responsible and total immigration reform. and that's why we have to look at all sectors and do what we can to make sure we're doing everything within our power to protect the american people. reporter: at the top of your remarks about isis, attack today, in new york city, you talked about the need to destroy the ideology animating would-be attackers and actual atarks. what policy changes are required to do that? how do you defeat an ideology that's been attempted since 9/11, with really no great success? what are you doing differently? what can you do differently in order to do? sarah: one of the best ways we have moved forward is in a process where we're allowing the members of the department of
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defense to aggressively move forward in defeating isis. and in hopes, annihilating a lot of that evil ideology through part of that process. we're going to continue pushing and continue looking for the best ways possible to make sure that we protect americans. reporter: on korea. give an update on sanctions. last week you said it would be a number of days. the republic of korea ambassador was just nominated. sarah: we're working through a legal process and, again, hope to have details further on that. it's a little bit more complicated once we get through that, we'll be able to walk through a little bit more detail on the reason for some of the delay. and on the other, i don't have any personnel announcements or comments on that at this time. reporter: a comment you made about the suspect in new york. does the white house have any
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proof that this suspect was radicalized outside of the united states? he's been a lawful permanent resident living here for some time. sarah: i can't get into any further details on that at this point. we'll be happy to let you know. reporter: why would his chain migration be an issue unless you were saying that -- sarah: there are certain parts i'm allowed to discuss at this point in the process. that's one of them. anything further i can't get into at this point. but as soon as i can, i'll be happy to let you know. reporter: -- [inaudible] -- will he call for an increase in spending for nasa? or will there be commercial partnerships or will he reduce nasa funding in other areas such as erget science, which includes the study of climate change? sarah: i'm not going to get ahead of the president's announcement but we'll have further details once that process is completed. reporter: two questions. who are the eyewitnesses who dispute these allegations against the president? and can you stand here right now and say without a doubt, 100%
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certainty, that the more than dozen women who have come forward to accuse this president of misconduct are lying? do you wrestle with this personally? sarah: i'm here to speak on behalf of the president. i can say that the president has directly responded and said that these allegations are false. and that's what i'm doing and relaying that information to you. in terms of the specific eyewitness account, there have been multiple reports, i'd be happy to provide them to you after the brief something completed. reporter: follow up on that question a little bit. as a bomb standing up there talking to us, i know -- as a woman standing up there talking to us, i know your job is to relate what the president says, you have ever been sexually harassed? i'm not saying by the president, i'm saying ever, and secondly, do you have an empathy for those who come forward because it's very difficult for women to come forward? sarah: absolutely would say that i have an empathy for any individual who has been sexually harassed and that certainly would be the policy of the white house. i'm not here to speak about my
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personal experience on that front. but i'm here to relay information on behalf of the president. and that's what i'm focused on doing here today. reporter: following up on the president's announcement last week on jerusalem, its current capital of israel. we saw dais of protest -- days of violent protests, changes to the vice president's schedule. does the white house acknowledge, the president acknowledge that that decision increased tensions in an already volatile region? sarah: we're continuing to urge calm and we're open and willing and want to continue meeting and discussing a peace deal. violence is always going to be the response -- the responsibility of those who carry it out. not the president or anyone else. and we urge individuals and groups to remain calm and we want to continue working with our partners, allies, and others in the region to continue moving forward on the peace conversation. reporter: more violence, it's about meetings being canceled,
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diplomatic outcry from everyone from the governments of the united kingdom, the pope. and the likes. why is it beneficial that the u.s. interest, as the president declared, if all of those groups, all of those countries and allies are condemning that announcement? sarah: the president is taking a bold and courageous action on a law that congress passed and had failed to implement for the last couple of decades. the president simply moving forward and taking that action on legislation that congress has supported time and time again. reporter: following up on that. president abbas has said he will not be vice president next week. is -- does the president have a reaction to that? doesn't this mean that the u.s. is effectively taking itself out of the peace process, when one side won't even show up to meet with the united states? sarah: we certainly hope not. we find it unfortunate that they're walking away from the opportunity to discuss the future of the region. but the administration remains undeterred in its efforts to
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help achieve peace between israelis and palestinians. and our peace team remains hard at work putting together a plan and we're going to continue pushing forward. i'm going to take one last question. reporter: the last suspect of terrorism, we're not -- were not flained syria or iraq. thursday the russians stopped their operations and said that they'd gotten rid of isis in syria. saturday the iraqi prime minister said the fight against isis is won. why would the u.s. still need to fight on the ground over there? sarah: as long as there's any member of isis left, we want to continue pushing forward and making sure not only that they're eradicated but that they don't quickly turn around and come back. and we'll continue to push forward in making sure we do what we can to defeat isis on all fronts. and certainly that we do what we can to protect american lives. thanks so much, guys. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy.
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